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PRESENT:  Father Bernard Forshaw, Louise Evans, Winny Fryer, Kath Ward, Marie Stormont, Denise North, Tina Ward, Elizabeth Salter, Pat Finegan, John Boggan, Ros Appleby


APOLOGIES:  Declan Evans, Pauline Bell


Minutes of last meeting approved and signed off for putting at back of church.


MATTERS ARISING:  A book for prayers and special intentions to be placed at the back of church to start the first Sunday of Advent.  This book will then form part of the Offertory.


The kitchen in the Parish Centre is an ongoing task but improvements have been noted.


LPA:  Confirmation date is Friday 24th November at Christ the King, Bromborough.  A Retreat Day to be held at Wistaston on 30th November.  If there is sufficient names on a list at the back of church a coach will be available.


This was Tina’s last meeting and thanks were given for her faithful service over a long period of time.  Winny volunteered to be St. Anne’s LPA representative and if it coincided with the Parish Team Meeting, Denise would act as Secretary.  Changes were being made to the LPA and this will be discussed more in depth at the next meeting.


UPDATE OF WEBSITE:  Ros to produce some notes on the Liturgy Group and Bob Brett to compile some notes on the Food bank and the SVP for inclusion on the Website.  Website working well but with some occasional glitches.  Youth Team have a good website with resources and it may be worth having a link from the parish website.  John Boggan to discuss this with Steve Wall.


CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT:  Tickets and flyers being printed and will be distributed after Remembrance Sunday.  The concert to start at 7.30pm prompt.


CHRISTMAS DRAW:  Denise explained the process, boxes at the back of church for donations, lists attached to the back of the Rock this weekend.  Collections will take place over two weekends and the raffle prizes will be made up the following Tuesday ready for display when the raffle tickets will be sold.  All proceeds to St. Anne’s parish.  Any items surplus to requirements will be donated to a charity.  The raffle will take place immediately after the Carol Concert.


SUGGESTION BOX:  A letter was received suggesting that the weekly mass times be displayed in a prominent place particularly when the church is locked.  The times displayed on the notice board are incorrect and need to be covered up in some way.   Father Bernard looking into a way of ensuring that the mass times are shown each week, either by altering the notice board already outside church, or a large print out attached to the church gates.


A further letter was also received about lights being left on and the use of palm oil products.  Discussion ensued.   A paragraph about Traidcraft to explain its work to the parishioners to be included in the Rock.  Frieda Rimmer to produce a piece for Father Bernard’s approval.  Leaflets to be made available.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  Mention made of the Bereavement Mass to include former parishioners who have died outside of the parish but not by name.  Tea and coffee after mass on two Sundays in a month with Baptisms on the other two Sundays, Parish groups to take on the extra Sunday refreshments, to start in the New Year.  Sleeping Beauty pantomime poster also discussed.  Christmas mass schedule as last year.


DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday, 16th January 2018








PRESENT:  Father Bernard Forshaw, Louise Evans, Kath Ward, Marie Stormont, Denise North, Tina Ward, Elizabeth Salter, Pat Finegan


APOLOGIES: Winnie Fryer, Ros Appleby, Pauline Bell, Declan Evans, John Boggan


Minutes of last meeting were approved and signed off for putting at the back of church.


MATTERS ARISING: A maintenance person is starting in the next few weeks to cover duties in the Diocese Parish Centres.  It was mentioned that St. Anne’s Parish Centre needs monitoring, particularly the kitchen and hopefully we should see some future improvements.


LPA:  Tina said that this would be her last meeting so a replacement LPA representative would be needed.  She had been the Rep for the past six years but felt the LPA needed new blood.  The Rep would serve for three years and Tina will write a short summary of what is expected of an LPA Rep.  Hopefully the new LPA Rep would be able to take up his/her place after Christmas.  The next LPA meeting is Tuesday, 3rd October and the team were asked if there was anything they would like to put forward for discussion.   Further debate will take place at the next meeting. 


HERITAGE DAY:  Saturday 9th September.  A list was at the back of church for people to volunteer to help with serving tea/coffee and generally helping on the day.  People’s reactions in the past have been good and the feedback positive.  Elizabeth Salter agreed to contact St. Anne’s School to request that Heritage Day details be placed on the school website.


UPDATE OF WEBSITE:  This is ongoing and it was confirmed that St. Anne’s website does have a link to school.  Father Bernard suggested we look at the websites of St. Winifred’s Neston, Our Lady’s Ellesmere Port and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  It was felt that a meeting with John Boggan, Father Bernard, John Lowe, Steve Wall and Pat Finegan would be useful to update the website.


CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT/CHRISTMAS DRAW: To be held on Wednesday 13th December.  BOST will supply 250 tickets and the price will remain at 8.00.   We should aim to sell tickets for the concert on a rota basis at both 6.30pm and 11.15am masses from 18th/19th November and thereafter the following weekend masses and also on the evening of the concert.  Help will also be needed with the setting up and clearing up on the day itself. 


Denise presented details of the setting up and control of the Christmas draw.      A request for raffle prizes to be placed in the Rock on 11th/12th November.  Elizabeth


 Salter will donate Ticket Vouchers for the Gladstone

Theatre.  Donation of goods could come in from 18th/19th November and 25th/26th November and displays of raffle prizes and sale of tickets on 2nd/3rd December and 9th/10th December.  Meeting to be held on Tuesday 28th November at 7.00pm to make up the


sealed boxes and see what goods have been donated.  The raffle will take place during the Christmas Carol Concert. 


Nothing in the Suggestion Box.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS: It had been suggested at a previous meeting that we have a book for prayers and special intentions at the back of church.  For privacy reasons it was felt that a sealed box would be preferable for people to put their intentions and prayers in and this would be emptied once a month.


Concern was expressed by residents that many Parishioners were parking in Highfield Road rather than in the church car park.  A notice would be placed in the Rock that we should endeavour to show consideration for our neighbours and avoid parking in Highfield Road whenever possible.


DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday 7th November




PRESENT: Father Bernard Forshaw, Louise Evans, Declan Evans, Kath Ward, Marie Stormont, Denise North, Tina Ward, Ros Appleby, Elizabeth Salter,
Pat Finegan, Winny Fryer

APOLOGIES: Pauline Bell, John Boggan,


Father Bernard and Donna have had a meeting regarding the Hall and some issues to be addressed over August. No responses in the suggestion box.

Minutes of last meeting agreed and signed off to be put at the back of Church.

Welcome given to Elizabeth Salter back from her operation.

Maureen Lomas has submitted her resignation due to family circumstances. Thanks were given for the contribution Maureen had made during her time with the team.


Annual Mass postponed until next year.

24th November the Confirmation Mass to be held at Christ the King.

30th November retreat day at Wistaston, transport to be arranged.

Day trip to Shrewsbury with Mass was suggested.

LPA Mass and barbecue to be arranged. Members asked to get back to Tina with any (other) suggestions.

LPA Lenten talks, Chris Thomas booked for one talk. Marion Tolley and Paul Valelly have been suggested. Any other suggestions to be put to Tina or Father.

LPAs under review by the Bishop and new members to replace long serving members may also be needed.

Next meeting of LPA October 3rd.


Steve Walls has put information about the Parish Team, The UCM and the Holy Family Associates on the parish website. Information about the Over 55s club and Liturgy group to be looked at. A link with the Holy Family of Bordeaux website has been requested. Information about the SVP and Food Bank yet to be updated. Eric Richards to be approached to provide this in a meeting with Pauline Bell, Pat Finegan, Father Bernard and Steve Walls. Also to be looked at is School Links and Peter Arrowsmith and the cubs.

St Anne's Feast day on 26th July, 7.30pm mass then a shared table in the Hall. Tea, coffee to be provided and the bar will be open. Cups and saucers to be set out before Mass and Hall open for anyone bringing food at 6.45pm.

Heritage Weekend Saturday 9th September, to be coordinated with Pat Hughes and Mary Tyrell. It brings in interest and money.

Wednesday 8th November Bereavement Mass 7.30pm

December 13th Christmas Carol Concert and Raffle for parish funds.

No one was asked to lead the prayer for the next meeting but John Boggan has agreed to do this.

Date of next two meetings: September 5th 7.15pm
November 7th 7.15pm

The Parish Pastoral team was formed at the end of 2005 to work in the best interests of St. Anne's Church and its parishioners. We also take an outward view of the wider church and our environment. Elected members serve a three year term of office and the next election will be due March/April 2018

The team meet regularly throughout the year and have genuine collaboration, dialogue and discernment with the clergy. We help fundraise and plan social events such as the May Bank family fun day and are more than happy to be involved in any other parish activity.

Please consider becoming part of the team. New members are needed to give a fresh outlook and everyone's opinion is listened to and respected.

I am happy to have served on the team for the past three years and certainly enjoyed the experience. If you are interested in becoming a Member please ask any member of the team who will be more than happy to give you further details.

Pat Finegan (Chair)


Pat Finegan Chair.

Winny Fryer Secretary,

Fr Bernard Forshaw, Deacon John Boggan

Elizabeth Salter. Pauline Bell

Maureen Lomas. Ros Appleby

Denise North. Louise Evans

Marie Stormont. Kath Ward

Declan Evans

Tina Ward is LPA Rep and she attends the meeting in a liaison role